How To Eat An Easter Egg

Carefully. Very carefully. Easter eggs are full of surprises. These surprises come to us from the XVI century. Even the chocolate egg that today we take for granted was a XVI century Easter egg surprise. The chocolate, of course, was found on the inside of a regular egg: the egg was sucked-out dry and refilled through a tiny hole.

Here in Versailles you can see two surprise eggs at Musee Labinet. The eggs were presented to Madame Victoire, the daughter of Louis XV. They open in the middle, the way the plastic eggs open today. The shell of course is real. Right there, below, you can even see cracks! What we find on the inside of these two eggs looks like a miniature grotto, a garden and a small house. Perhaps this is where Marie-Antoinette got her idea for the toy grotto, toy garden and the toy farm-house? 


About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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